Exclusive look at Australian-first dementia care home

Northern Sydney residents will soon get an exclusive look at an Australian first approach to dementia care about to open in Wahroonga.

Northern Sydney residents will soon get an exclusive look at an Australian first approach to dementia care about to open in Wahroonga.

The 57 bed HammondCare Wahroonga, being completed near Neringah Hospital, features world class dementia design innovation which for the first time has been incorporated into a multistorey building.

Following years of planning and design, HammondCare Wahroonga will open its doors to the northern Sydney community – including prospective residents and staff - for an Open Day on October 27 from 10am to 2pm.

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Partnering with families in world class care

HammondCare’s General Manager of Residential Care, Angela Raguz, said her team was looking forward to partnering with local families in the care and support of people living with dementia.

“Our approach to dementia care is highly regarded and we have people visiting from around the world to learn about our dementia design and model of care,” Ms Raguz said.

“Across NSW we care for people with dementia in ‘village-like’ clusters of small cottages, which works well on larger parcels of land.

“It’s vital we provide care where people live and so we’ve worked hard to translate our design to a multistorey building in a suburban area, without comprising quality of life for residents.

“People living with dementia deserve to live in an environment that enables them through being smaller in size, home-like, with access to outdoors, lots of natural light and easy to navigate design.

“Add to this a familiar domestic-looking kitchen at the heart of each apartment where fresh, healthy meals are cooked for residents, and it is no wonder so many of our residents feel right at home.”

HammondCare Wahroonga has five apartments with nine residents each and one with 12, built over four levels, complete with chapel, resident’s ‘supermarket’, hairdresser, and other amenities.

The adjacent heritage listed Woonoona Cottage was carefully protected and restored as part of the project and will be used for administration.

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Chef cooking at open day

The HammondCare Wahroonga Open Day is on October 27, 10am to 2pm at 3-9 Woonona Avenue South, Wahroonga with special information sessions on dementia to be held at 10.30am and 1pm.

HammondCare’s aged care food ambassador and executive chef Peter Morgan-Jones who works closely with the Maggie Beer Foundation, will be demonstrating some of his dementia-friendly recipes on the day and refreshments are available.

For more information about the Open Day, to arrange pick up from the station or to inquire about HammondCare Wahroonga please call 02 9471 5000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..